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October 16
Fall Production of Young Frankenstein

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Yakima Valley College Playmasters presents Young Frankenstein. Performances will be held November 9-11, 2017 at 7:30pm and November 11-12, 2017 at 2:00pm in Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at the special internet price of $15.00 at: http://YVCYoungFrankenstein.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets sold at the box office before the performance are $20.00.

Young Frankenstein is a musical written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder. The show is a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its 1939 sequel, Son of Frankenstein. Information provided by: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Frankenstein_(musical).

YVC's cast includes: Joshua Cabrales, Micah Brown, Eduardo Rodriguez, Naomi Rottman, Erika Gutierrez, Aimee Hostetler, Juan Serrano, Barbie Wood, Hector Galindo, Robert Swires. Choir and ensemble performers includes: Sergio Valdez, Josie Taylor, Hector Galindo, Zuleyca Alvarez, Sierra Hutton, Barbie Wood, Diana Heredia, Chris Mercy, Brittany Hickman, Ashley Davis, Amanda Riley Burks, Adriel Kunkler, Matthew Roberts, Jose Martinez, Aaron Fowler, Sienna Nelson, Carlee Richard, Caleb Teichert, Cory  Brandt, and Jason Rochis.

For more information contact Ray Pritchard at rpritchard@yvcc.edu  / 509.834.4554.

October 13
Trunk O’ Treat

​The Associated Students of Yakima Valley College (ASYVC) host Trunk O' Treat on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 3:30-5:30pm in Parking Lot H on the YVC Yakima Campus. Free and open to the community, this event provides children a fun and safe trick-or-treating atmosphere. For safety, families should park their vehicles along 12th Avenue and enter Parking Lot H by foot.​

Join us for this fun event! For more information: 509.574.6800 ext. 3204 or at asbprog2@yvcc.edu.

October 04
YVC hosts FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

Yakima Valley College will host FAFSA/WASFA workshops this fall to help students complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Workshops will be held on both the Yakima Campus and at the Toppenish Learning Center. Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend. Please see below for a complete list of workshops and additional information:

Yakima Campus; S. 16th Avenue & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902
Wednesday, October 18, 2017; Wednesday, November 8, 2017; Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Room 236
2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm

Grandview Campus; 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930
Thursday, October 26, 2017; Thursday, November 9, 2017; Thursday, November 30, 2017
Workforce Education, Building 51, Room 128
3:00pm and 6:00pm​

Toppenish Learning Center; 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948
Wednesday November 1, 2017
1:00pm and 3:00pm

FAFSA: The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.

WASFA: The Washington State Need Grant expanded eligibility to include to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college)
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

    Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, this event can help you receive financial aid. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.

Student should bring:

  • Students Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)
  • DACA work authorization number and/or card (if applicable)
  • Driver's license or state identification card (if applicable)
  • If you were born after December 31, 1994 bring parent(s) and their 2016 income data (W-2's or year-end pay stub and/or 2016 tax return)
  • If you were born before January 1994, are married, have dependents you support or are active in or a veteran of the U.S. armed services, bring your 2016 income data (W-2's or 2016 tax return)
  • A valid email address for establishing Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID)
  • Students Tax Return & W-2's if employed in 2016

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    Parents/guardians should bring:
  • Parents Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)
  • Income tax return for 2016.  If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information using 2017 year-to-day income information
  • A valid email address for establishing Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID)

 

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming. Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information you can provide and you will be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with volunteers will be kept private and confidential.  Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

 

Additional workshops will be held in January, February, and March 2018.  For more information: 509.574.4701 or 509. 834.4502.

 

Information provided by event coordinator, http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa, and https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa

October 03
YVC Welcomes Partnership with Fortuity Cellars

Yakima Valley College's Vineyard & Winery Technology program is proud to announce its latest partnership utilizing the incubator space on the Grandview Campus. Fortuity Cellars is now partnering with the college to get its first vintage produced. The collaboration allows students in the Vineyard and Winery Technology program to work alongside local wineries. The college shares equipment and space, which includes destemmer/crusher, pneumatic membrane press, tasting room, outside crush pad, and multi-purpose space.

Fortuity Cellars is family-owned by husband and wife team, Lee Fergestrom and Emily Christensen, and co-run with long-time friend and winemaker Johnny Brose. Fergestrom brings a background in business strategy and innovation from his time in the Seattle startup scene, while Christensen, who grew up in Yakima and graduated from West Valley High School, has extensive experience in strategic communications and public relations in both government and private sectors. Brose, whose family is long-time Yakima residents, has nearly 10 years of winemaking experience in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Most recently, he made wine at one of Oregon's renowned wineries, King Estate. Established in 2017, Fortuity Cellars focuses on Rhone and Bordeaux varietals produced in the Yakima Valley. Visit: www.fortuitycellars.com to learn more.

Of the opportunity to partner with YVC, Christensen says, "Lee and I have both spent time working in the tech industry, so we are very familiar with the many benefits of an incubator space. When we heard about YVC's winery incubator program we jumped at the opportunity to apply. It's a perfect space for us, allowing us to get to market much quicker than we could have on our own."​

Fortuity Cellars joins long-time tenant Mark Wysling of Parejas Cellars.  For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: http://www.yvcc.edu/wine or call 509.882.7007.

October 03
YVC Offers Information Sessions for BAS-TE

Yakima Valley College will offer information sessions for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Teacher Education (BAS-TE). This alternative route to teaching program will provide pathways for individuals with 90 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college. This creates opportunities for a wide range of individuals who are already serving in the education field in a variety of capacities, both inside and outside of the classroom. The program aspires to remove barriers and create pathways that systematically build upon the candidates' previous educational background and past professional experience while supporting candidates who are motivated to teach and stay in their community.

YVC's program will prepare teacher candidates with content and subject knowledge required in PreK-8 classrooms, while integrating an in-depth residency experience. The program will prepare graduates to be immediately effective first-year teachers who can help each learner meet or exceed grade-level expectations.  Completion of the program will result in the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education. Candidates may earn endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8), Early Childhood Education (P-3) and/or English Language Learners (K-12).

Information Sessions:
YVC will host a series of information sessions for those interested in pursuing a BAS-TE. Participants will learn the steps to apply for the BAS-TE program, the teacher residency model, and completion of the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B). They will also receive information on how to apply for financial aid and scholarships. Sessions will be held on the following dates.

Yakima Campus:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Hopf Union Building, 9

Grandview Campus:

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Workforce Education Center, Building 51, Room 199​

Candidates interested in YVC's teacher education program should contact mmatczak@yvcc.edu or visit www.yvcc.edu/Bachelors

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